My daily post theme for 2017 is on Colleges and Universities.
The plan for starting my blog back in 2014 was at the urging of fellow coaching colleagues to share posts on leadership and/or motivation. Somehow that idea got derailed and turned into daily posts on one theme for an entire year.
In 2014 my daily posts were on the “Beer of the Day”, 2015 it was “A Friend of a Friend”, 2016 I wrote about “North Carolina”, and for 2017 I will focus on “Colleges and Universities”.
I have been associated with colleges since I was 18 and I love them. I have coached/worked at four different universities and in my professional and personal travels visited 100’s more. Each college has something in its history that I want to share that to me make it unique or personal.
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Name of University: Wright State University
Location: Dayton OH
Sometimes colleges start out as part of another institution and eventually for a myriad of reasons break away and become their own unique university. They occurred with Wright State but how fast it occurred is quite amazing.
The groundwork establishing Wright State University as the region’s first public institution of higher learning was first laid in 1961, when Dayton was the second-largest metropolitan area in Ohio that had no public higher education facility.
From 1961 to 1967 a lot took place which led to Wright State University being an independent university.
Thanks to the foresight of many key community business leaders, a community-wide fundraising effort was begun in 1962 to raise “seed money” from private funds to establish a branch campus of The Ohio State University and Miami University in or near Dayton. The ultimate goal was to establish a campus with the potential to grow and quickly transition into an independent university. This effort was truly a campaign of the people. The larger employers, such as General Motors and National Cash Register, established payroll deduction plans.
More than 2,000 campaign workers recruited 10,000 contributers, who pushed the campaign over its $3 million goal in just over three months. The land needed for the campus was partially purchased and partially deeded to the state by the U.S. Government from available land adjacent to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, and the construction of the campus’ first building, Allyn Hall, was completed.
In 1964, the Dayton Campus of Ohio State and Miami Universities was opened. In 1967, the Dayton Campus achieved status as an accredited independent university, and the newly named Wright State University became Ohio’s 12th state-assisted university.
During its early history, Wright State was characterized by rapid growth. When the then branch campus opened, 3,203 students were enrolled. That number increased to just over 12,000 by 1974, and, by 1984, that figure jumped to about 15,500. The 1990s saw student enrollment remain steady at around 16,000.